AAPL Stock: 118.03 ( -0.85 )

Printed from

Samsung preps Wireless USB chip for handhelds

updated 10:10 am EST, Wed February 11, 2009

Samsung Wireless USB SoC

Samsung today said it has developed a System-On-Chip that should bring Wireless USB to cellphones, MP3 players and other devices for the first time. A newer CMOS process has let the company build an ARM processor (not pictured) with both the ultra-wideband technology, a wired USB interface, and a memory controller that can transfer data wirelessly roughly as fast as a physical connection. Samsung estimates that a 700MB mobile-sized movie could transfer in one minute.

The mobile Wireless USB chip is also claimed faster than many earlier Wireless USB designs. The SoC can manage 120 megabits per second with a real-world amount of overhead where most current chipsets are limited to about 50Mbps.

The company portrays the increase as being particularly useful not just for syncing data between a handheld and a PC but for streaming media, such as playing audio from a media player directly to a set of speakers. Having such high bandwidth would also allow peer-to-peer transfers between cellphones, the firm suggests.

Samsung hasn't named customers for the hardware but says that mass production of the chip will start in the spring.

by MacNN Staff



Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.


Network Headlines

Follow us on Facebook


Most Popular


Recent Reviews

Ultimate Ears Megaboom Bluetooth Speaker

Ultimate Ears (now owned by Logitech) has found great success in the marketplace with its "Boom" series of Bluetooth speakers, a mod ...

Kinivo URBN Premium Bluetooth Headphones

We love music, and we're willing to bet that you do, too. If you're like us, you probably spend a good portion of your time wearing ...

Jamstik+ MIDI Controller

For a long time the MIDI world has been dominated by keyboard-inspired controllers. Times are changing however, and we are slowly star ...


Most Commented